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Poster: ringolevio Date: Aug 12, 2012 5:52am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: jgb nicky hopkins question...

I'm not big on keeping track of dates, but even I have it committed to memory that Hopkins is to be found with the fall '75 lineup. I listened (or rather am still listening) to the week of October 22, in honor of Jerry Week. It's not possible to recommend one show, just play 'em all ...

Nicky Hopkins was fantastic. I'm recalling Hopkins said he was too drunk the entire time to remember much about the shows. He talked a bit too much, and had the irritating habit of introducing the name of the song before each song, and I always wondered if Jerry wished he would shut up. But this is like, the only negative thing I could possibly think of to say.

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Poster: Reade Date: Aug 12, 2012 11:02am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: jgb nicky hopkins question...

I always wondered what Jerry thought about that as well.
His drunken raving over the mike in between songs- most notably in the late Dec. '75 shows- was so uncharacteristic (before those dates or after) of a JGB band member. Like a guy in a movie at a dinner party who is drinking too much and monopolizing the conversation and being infinitely less interesting than he's aware with the other guests exchanging quick glances, wordlessly wondering 'when will this end?'
"Having said that," like you I think he was just so very special. How somebody can sit down at a piano and have a sound unlike any other in the world is so beyond me. Played on the Stones albums Beggars Banquet (check him out on 'No Expectations'!) and Exile on Main St., toured with them on the legendary '72 USA tour, played with JGB, and these things don't even begin to scratch the surface of his resume. An amazing musician.

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Aug 14, 2012 8:25am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: jgb nicky hopkins question...

Exactly.

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Aug 12, 2012 12:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: jgb nicky hopkins question...

The blog i linked proposed that both the highs and lows of Nicky's presence were the driving factor for having another keyboard player sit in. He was drinking so much they weren't sure if he would be able to play let alone live. He was such a great player that Jerry never knew when the Stones or someone else would call on him for a studio session.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Aug 12, 2012 12:17pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: jgb nicky hopkins question...

This was the period I saw JGB the most often, and up close and personal (good seats and small venues); we always thought that NH was good, BUT clearly drunk, and most of all, made us think about the DMoore guy, in the movie where we plays the drunk guy? Arthur or what have you? Anyhow, he was like that guy...funny, but irritating at the same time...

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Aug 14, 2012 8:25am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: jgb nicky hopkins question...

And yet you don't listen to it now? Blows my mind.

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Aug 12, 2012 12:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: jgb nicky hopkins question...

".funny, but irritating at the same time.."

Sounds like SDH, no?

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Poster: William Tell Date: Aug 12, 2012 1:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: jgb nicky hopkins question...

Whewww! I dodged a bullet on that one...

And, didn't he actually LOOK like the guy too?

I think that was when that actor was around, but perhaps we did it after the fact...ie, recalled it later as having been simultaneous (not that it matters).

It was also strange cause we were used to NOTHING being said, of course, by ANYONE on stage (funny that the other comment in this thread by someone about "did Jerry think 'STFU' or some such?" was one reaction, when back then, we WANTED our boys to talk more! Just not drunken drivel).

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Aug 12, 2012 1:16pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: jgb nicky hopkins question...

Obviously I never discussed this with Jerry, but i bet he didn't care that other people were talking. Seems to me that in the later years, Grisman would talk between songs, introduce songs and introduce band members and I can believe this bothered Garcia. Hell even the Grateful Dead seemed to interact a bit more with the audience at more intimate shows like the 1980 Warfield and Radio City shows, the 1981 Club Melk Wek show or even that 1994 "Phil and Friends" show. Now that Nicky sounded like Arthur (which i believe was later) or Foster Brooks, well that might have been annoying.

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Poster: veblen Date: Aug 12, 2012 10:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: jgb nicky hopkins question...

Funny, he does sound like Arthur at the beginning of 75-11-17, when he slurs out: "Good evening, one and all."


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